A website refers to a collection of related web pages that are used to display specific content on the World Wide Web and are made using HTML and other tools according to certain rules. Simply put, a website is a communication tool, just like a bulletin board, people can use the website to publish the information they want to make public, or the website to provide related network services. People can visit the website through a web browser to obtain the information they need or enjoy Internet services.
Many companies have their own websites, and they use websites to promote, release product information, recruit and so on. With the popularity of webpage production technology, many individuals have also begun to produce personal homepages. These are usually places for producers to introduce themselves and show their individuality. There are also Internet companies that provide online information as a means of making money. Usually, the websites of these companies provide information on all aspects of people's lives, such as current affairs, travel, entertainment, and economics.
In the early days of the World Wide Web, websites could only display simple text. After several years of development, images, sounds, animations, movies, and even 3D graphics technology have become popular on the World Wide Web, and websites have slowly developed into an appearance with both pictures and texts. Through dynamic web technology, users can also communicate with other users or website managers. There are also some websites that provide e-mail services.
The World Wide Web was founded in 1990 by British CERN physicist Tim Berners-Lee. On August 6, 1991, Tim Berners-Lee established the world's first website. On April 30, 1993, CERN announced that the World Wide Web was free and open to anyone.
The website has many functions, which can be used for personal website, commercial website, government website or non-profit organization website. A website can be an operation of an individual, a business, or other organization, and is usually dedicated to a specific topic or purpose. Any website can contain hyperlinks to any other website. The website is written or converted into Hyperdocument Markup Language (HTML) and accessed using user agent software. You can view or access web pages from any size computer and Internet-based devices (including desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and smart phones).
The website is hosted on a computer system called a web server, also known as an HTTP (Hyper File Transfer Protocol) server. Web servers can also refer to software running on these systems, which retrieve and deliver web pages in response to requests from website users. Apache HTTP Server is currently the most common web server software (according to Netcraft statistics), and Microsoft's IIS is also the most commonly used. Some alternatives, such as Nginx, Lighttpd, Hiawatha or Cherokee, are quite full-featured and lightweight.
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World Wide Web Association
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) (page archive backup, stored in the Internet Archive)
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) (page archive backup, stored in the Internet Archive)
Internet Society (ISOC) (page archive backup, stored in the Internet Archive)